Bangalore blasts: Police on hunt for suspected bomber

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{image-bangalore picture_26072008.jpg www.oneindia.com}Bangalore, Jul 26: Bangalore police have launched a massive hunt for a person who was suspected to planted the bomb in Forum mall in Bangalore, on Saturday, July 26.

The live bomb, which was found in Madiwala area, close to the spot where one of the nine explosions had taken place, was planted by a man of 25-26 years of age this morning, Bangalore Police Commissioner S Bidri told reporters. The sketch of the man which prepared with the help of the eyewitnesses is released here in the evening. Meanwhile Karnataka government has announced Rs one lakh reward for providing any vital information regading the blasts.

A five-member team of National Bomb Detectors squad, which arrived from New Delhi, are also assisting Karnataka police in the investigation. A team of Central security agencies which reached the IT city late Friday night, found that low-grade ammonium nitrate was used in the explosions, sources said here. The sources also said that small timer circuits were planted in the explosive devices to trigger the blasts.

According to the Intelligence sources, the serial blasts in Bangalore could be a 'retaliatory attack' by the Lashkar&SIMI operatives, even as the Centre has not named anyone yet for the terror strike.

However, the low intensity explosives used and the pattern of the attack has agencies not ruling out the hand of the usual suspect, the Bangladeshi terror outfit -- Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI).

Chief Minister B S Yeddiyurappa, declining to disclose any details about the progress made in investigation, said that he will make a statement in the Legislative Assembly on Monday. "Since Assembly session is in progress I dont want to discuss anything about serial bomb blast issue", he added.

Home Minister Dr V S Acharya said that of the injured admitted to hospital, four have been discharged and three others, including husband Ravi of Sudha who was killed, are undergoing treatment and their conditions were stated to be out of danger. Replying to a question, Dr Acharya said all angles, including terrorist involvement, were looked into to unearth the truth.

A high alert has been sounded through out the State following yesterday's serial bomb blast.

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